Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Blackberries Again

Two weeks ago at Avon Valley Artists, the subject was Fruit and/or Vegetables. I prepared a sheet of paper and found a photo of a branch of blackberries, as this subject had proved very popular at the previous 2 exhibitions in Wells Cathedral.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the session, but took the paper and paints with me to my alternative venue and was able to execute the subject.

I wanted to use both ways of painting the background....both before the subject and after it.......and was able to do this as the background and subject were planned to be very similar in colour to each other. There would, therefore be no conflict of painting one colour on top of another. So I could do the wash first, paint the fruit and then add the darker undertones.


I used a piece of 'Leonardo' paper, and wet the paper using a spray bottle. I dropped paint into the water and let them do their own thing. The only manipulation was the blowing of some of the paint at the bottom with a straw to create twiggy to enhance the way brambles grow.


 
I did very little drawing on the dried wash, and just painted the berries, developing the composition as I went along. It was great fun varying the colours in the hope of producing various degrees of ripeness!




When the berries were complete, I used my usual palette of darks to paint behind the berries at the top to hopefully give some depth to the painting.
I think it works reasonably well!

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the process :) It looks beautyful!

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    1. You are welcome, and thanks for the lovely comment.

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  2. Really stunning. Interesting to read your progress through the painting

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    1. Thanks Polly, glad you enjoy reading the posts.

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  3. I found your blog via Pinterest. Your paintings are just beautiful. I love that you have some photos showing the progress & all your descriptions.

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  4. Thanks and welcome Yvonne. A lovely comment and glad you like the process. I try to do this as often as I remember to take the photos...not always I am afraid...as my followers seem to enjoy it. I hope you keep on enjoying the posts.

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  5. Hi Yvonne,
    I have also found your blog via Pinterest. May I say that I am in LOVE!! I love your techniques. I wish that you didn't live so far away (I'm in Canada) because I would love to be able to visit and learn from you. You are VERY inspiring!

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  6. Gosh, what a lovely comment, thank you Ann. Welcome to the blog and I hope you enjoy the future posts. I will try to describe processes, but sometimes forget to take the photos when I am engrossed!

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